Our big gala is going to be on a NEW day, in a NEW month and at a NEW location. We’re also shaking up the evening to add NEW fun elements!
SAVE THE DATE
FRIDAY, APRIL 20
JX EVENT VENUE
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It was a great 10th Anniversary of Da Vinci Fest
We were delighted that Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined us at the 10th Annual Da Vinci Fest, our celebration of art and science. It’s an opportunity for students to show their talents and smarts in a Science Fair, Art Fair, Film Fest, Spoken Word and Science Challenge events. But it’s also a big community event with educational exhibits, demonstrations and performances.
Sen. Klobuchar helped us kick off the Stillwater Science Challenge, an on-the-spot science competition in the manner of the Science Olympiad. Before that, she spoke about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education in the economic competitiveness of the country.
As usual, there were incredible science projects and works of art by the students of the St. Croix Valley. Here’s a LINK TO THE WINNERS of the Art Fair, Science Fair and Science Challenge.
You can click on our gallery of images from photographers Tom Voight and Kelly Lombardi to see the images captured from the day!
Nominations being accepted for Distinguished Alumni Awards
Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Stillwater Area High School alumni who have made a significant impact in the lives of others and the community. A dinner to honor the award winners is held on the day before graduation and represents the formal induction to the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 17. Click here for more information and a link to the online nomination form.
Elementary school students experience Native American hoop dancing
Students in all District 834 elementary schools experienced Native American hoop dancing this week as part of a Big Impact Arts Grant from The Partnership Plan.
Dallas Chief Eagle and his daughter, Starr Chief Eagle, are members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and world champions in Native American hoop dancing competitions. The two led workshops with the 5th graders in each school. At the end of the residency, the 5th graders performed a hoop dancing routine for the entire school, followed by performances by Dallas or Starr.
The Hoop Dance is an age-old Native American ritual and performance. Each dance is as individualistic as the person who choreographs it. In an elaborate sequence of moves, the hoops are made to interlock and can be made to look like tails or wings. As taught by Dallas and Starr, the movements of the performances reflect important values including respect, creativity, determination, and self- balance.
See a video of Dallas Chief Eagle performing to a traditional Lakotan song, another one of Starr Chief Eagle performing (how do they DO that?!), and the Afton-Lakeland 5th graders performing to a more modern song.
Special thanks to Music Teacher Extraordinaire Sonia Esch, who proposed this project and organized its MANY moving parts.